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Folk, Jazz Music Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 22

September 15, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - A folk and jazz music workshop will take place Tuesday, September 22, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

The workshop is part of Finlandia's eleventh annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival. Lunch will be served.

Jazz and folk musicians from the Sibelius Academy will lead the workshop. The five musicians play piano, guitar, accordion, drums, and standup bass.

The Tuomas Juhani Turunen Trio jazz combo features Helsinki-based musicians Tuomas Juhani Turunen on piano, William Tarvainen on the upright bass, and Mikko Arlin on drums. Their music combines the deep-rooted swing rhythmic of the American jazz tradition and the classical lyricism of European jazz. The trio's repertoire includes up-tempo numbers, lyrical ballads, classic jazz standards, and Tuomas's original compositions.

Folk musicians Anssi Salminen, guitar, and Markus Luomala, accordion, are Duo Luomala & Salminen. They are both from Kaustinen, a small village in western Finland, which is home to the largest annual folk music and dance festival in the Nordic countries.

Anssi and Markus are both known as charismatic live performers. The duo's non-traditional performances include modern arrangements of traditional Finnish fiddle tunes and Salminen's original compositions. View their MySpace page and listen to their music at

Workshop tickets may be purchased at North Wind Books, Hancock, or on-line at To make a reservation, please call Karen Johnson at 906-487-7348. Space is limited.

For additional information about the Sibelius Festival folk and jazz music workshop, please visit


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Duo Luomala & Salminen: Markus Luomala (left) and Anssi Salminen

Tuomas Juhani Turunen Trio: (left to right) Tuomas Juhani Turunen, Mikko Arlin, and William Tarvainen